4 Tips For Busy moms: How to balance between work and home duties

4 Tips for Busy Moms - How to Balance Work and Home Life

This guest post is by Alex from Superb Cleaning Services. As work at home moms, it can be hard to juggle work and family life. Hiring a cleaning service can sometimes help. Whether you hire a cleaning service or do it all yourself, the thing that matters is being good to yourself and making sure you’re taking time for you in the midst of the craziness.

It is not easy to find the perfect balance between work and home, especially if you are a mother, too. If you are in a couple, however, it may be a little easier for you because one of the partners can stay at home and do the housework, while the other one can work full-time. If you are a single mum who manages on your own, the possibilities are limited.  Even though you may not always feel like the master of the situation, there are still things you can do to facilitate your life.

The balance between work and home duties is something which most busy mothers crave. Studies indicate that many parents are doing their best to find a way to work more flexibly, although this may have a negative effect on the wage. However, there is nothing more important than some quality time spent with our children. In real life, unfortunately, getting a perfect balance can be tricky. Tricky, but not impossible! Roll up your sleeves and take a look at those tips.

Pilates During Pregnancy – Safety Tips You Need to Know

Pilates During Pregnancy Safety Tips You Need to Know

The following is a guest post by Rachel Lee of The Baby Lover. Rachel is an amazing mom and I’m excited to continue our relationship and for you all to get to know her too. There are many more exciting things to come!

Pilates during pregnancy is one of the biggest concerns pregnant women have. As we all know, pilates is great for training the body and keeping it strong, balanced, and stable. But is it really safe during pregnancy? Let’s find out more about this topic below including some tips to keep you safe while helping you maximize the benefits you can get from it.

Pilates Benefits for Pregnant Women

Pilates is a kind of an exercise that includes different types of positions and movements designed to keep you coordinated and strong. There are also breathing patterns when you perform each position to give you better control throughout the different transitions.

Here are the following benefits that pilates can do to your body:

I Became More Intentional With My Kids and These 3 Things Happened

Becoming an Intentional Parent Series Week 1 - Cutting Out Screen Time

We were in the middle of selling our house while beginning building our new home. There were showings nearly every day, my husband was working all day every day, and the roof was being replaced for the buyers. How do you practice intentional parenting in the midst of all of this?

Life was chaos.

It became so easy to plop my kiddos in front of the tv all day while I packed and prepared the house to sell. Let’s be honest, it can be so easy to switch on the tv and let technology babysit.

Then one day, I stopped in the midst of the roofers pounding away. I noticed my daughter staring at the tv even though she could hardly hear with all the noise.

I realized that even when the tv is on, my toddler often runs off to do something else while leaving the tv on in the background. And then proceeds to whine if I go to turn it off.

I thought back on the week at the amount of whining and fussing she had done and wondered if it was related to the amount of screen time.

3 Big Tips for Moving With Young Kids

3 Big Tips for Moving With Young Kids

Last year my husband and I bought land to build a new house. It’s taken us a year, but we have finally broken ground! Because we hope to get the house closed in by winter, we plan to move into a 31-foot camper trailer while we build. Moving is no joke, especially moving with young kids.

We may be are insane for doing this but so excited for this next phase of our lives. The 31’ camper has a nice slide-out and is technically wider than our current house (hey one-foot difference counts right?) so I’m hoping that it won’t be too cramped with two kids.

This camper was made with my toddler in mind! It has a bunk bed just like her cousins and a play area underneath with a dry erase board just like the one at home. Talking to her big cousin about the bunk bed made her excited to live there temporarily while the house is built.

Besides, I plan to be spending a lot of time outside with them this summer getting to know our new neighborhood and surrounding area. There will be plenty of new playgrounds, parks, rivers, and a new library to discover.

Business Mom of the Month – Interview with Bridgette of JoBri Milk Charms

Business Mom of the Month Bridgette of JoBri Milk Charms

I first discovered breastmilk jewelry when I was still nursing my daughter. She was my first baby and we went through the ups and downs of learning to breastfeed.

Before you get grossed out, read on to learn why I got a breastmilk necklace and why Bridgette makes them.

My breastfeeding goal? Make it one year. After all, that’s what all the experts were recommending.

Two years later I never would have imagined that we would make it that far. We made a great team.

I recently weaned her after our long road of bonding through breastfeeding. After a month of tandem nursing, I decided we were ready to be done.

There are so many emotions connected to breastfeeding.

3 Easy(ish) Steps to Wean Your Toddler Gently

3 Easy Steps to Gently Wean Your Toddler

My goal was to nurse my daughter until she was a year old. Yea that ship sailed a long time ago. We hit our goal. And then some. She is now over two years old and I am happy to announce that it has been over a week since she’s had mommies milkies. She’s a big girl now! Turns out, it’s no easy task to gently wean your toddler!

Nobody tells you that babies don’t just wean themselves. It takes effort, time, and patience. You have to work at it.

For some moms and babies it goes smoothly and easily. But not always. Sometimes (as in my daughter’s case), nursing becomes a habit, and a difficult one to break at that.

Breastfeeding is a team effort. When you want to try and wean, you have to both be ready.

When you have decided to make the leap, there can be a lot to think about. Do you go cold turkey or do you try to wean slowly over time? What drink can you use to replace nursing? What ways can you find to bond with your baby that replace nursing?

Read About My Cookie Dough Binge Game on Scary Mommy

22 Times it's OK for Parent's to Binge Eat Cookie Dough

22 Times it’s OK for Parents to Binge Eat Cookie Dough

We all have our ways of self-indulging.

I remember when my daughter was switching from three to two naps. It was awfull! If she didn’t get the third nap in but obviously needed it, then she would only nap riding in the car.

I could have easily gotten frustrated because I couldn’t get anything done driving around every day while she napped.

Instead, I chose to make the best of it. Sure I couldn’t get things done by myself around the house. But, there were other things I could do driving around.

For me, that meant driving to the coffee shop to get a chai tea latte and a cookie. Pretty soon, I was looking forward to driving her to nap if she refused to go down.

It wasn’t every day and I wouldn’t get a cookie every time so there was moderation. But, I learned something important.

You can make the best of any situation.

Even your toddler refusing to nap.

There are other ways I’ve found to indulge and treat myself as a parent over the years. After all, we can’t take care of our kids if we don’t take care of ourselves first.

I recently wrote about a little game I invented for those crazy times in parenthood that you feel like pulling your hair out… or dipping into the cookie dough bowl for sanity.

If you’re wondering what the 22 times are that it’s OK to dip into the cookie dough, then head over to Scary Mommy to find out!

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Introducing Your Toddler to Your Newborn

How to Introduce Your Toddler to Your Newborn

I’ll admit, I screwed it up. Big time! As it turns out, introducing your toddler to your newborn isn’t always as easy and straightforward as it seems. There are a lot of big emotions for such little people.

I thought I had prepared. The big sister bag was packed with a present from the newborn. I had a plan for big sister when I went into labor. And, I read articles about the big introduction and what to say (and what not to say).

But honestly, when that day came and she walked into the delivery room, I froze. Granted, I had just had a baby and was pretty exhausted. But, looking back, there are things I could have prepared for better and things I could have done differently.

Now, I am on a mission to tell every mother pregnant with her second child the Do’s and Don’ts of introducing your toddler to your newborn. Here’s what I learned…

What to Expect When You Give Birth at a Birthing Center

What to Expect When Using a Birth Center

I chose to give birth at a birth center rather than the hospital or a home birth for both of my children. I knew that I didn’t want to give birth in a hospital because I have had some negative experiences in hospitals and knew that I wouldn’t be comfortable to have my children in one.  And, I wanted to be able to eat, drink, and move around during labor. My mom had very long labors, so I wanted to be able to move around to get things going as much as possible in the event of a long labor.

With my first birth, my husband and I decided that although we didn’t want a hospital birth, we weren’t comfortable enough to have a home birth. We wanted to be somewhere closer to the hospital in case we needed to transfer. We also wanted the mess of birth to be somewhere else to clean up rather than in our home.

So, off to the birth center we went. We couldn’t have had a more amazing and beautiful experience there. That’s why when we got pregnant again, we decided to go back.

Why I Chose a Natural Birth (Without the Epidural!)

Why I Chose a Natural Birth

Not long after my husband and I got married, we had a pregnancy scare. Not that it was a “scare” because we always wanted to have kids.

But I was scared.

I was freaked out, in fact. I wanted to have a kid, but I didn’t want to give birth. After I saw that minus sign on the pregnancy test and felt that sweet relief, I knew it was time to educate myself on birth and how to have a good one.

It was time to prepare for labor.

I knew that there had to be some positive experiences out there. But the culture I grew up in had so ingrained in me that birth was scary, painful, and dangerous even. And, there were stories to back this up.